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Lärande i organisationer: professionella yrkesutövares strategier vid organisatorisk förändring
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
1997 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Learning in organizations : strategies of professionals at organizational changes (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is a study on the professional practice in knowledge organization in the public services. The empirical study deals with the strategies and learning processes developed by the professionals when their units transfer from appropriation financing to performance financing (client-contractor model). The aim of this study is to examine which of the underlying competence and value systems that are conclusive for the strategies developed by the professionals at external demands for change. The aim is also to study the relations between individual and collective group learning. The study has a constructivistic perspective and where system thinking is one starting point.

The research design is a qualitative study. Six knowledge-intensive organizations were studied. Two of them were followed in a longitudinal study: when there was a decision that they were to be profit centres, at the transition and after one year as a profit-centre. Data were collected mainly by interviews, totally 62 and a questionnaire. The results show that the transition to a new economical managerial system involve the following: A clear strategy for action is that the professionals are working more and harder. The professional way of working have an influence on: treatment methods, prevention work, the competition between professional groups, freedom at work has changed as consciousness of the necessity of development of competence. The influence on the management function is very evident.

The underlying value base and the criteria for competence, crucial for the professional how to identify and solve their assignment, is founded on two interrelated value systems, the professional value system respective the contextual value system. The professional has acquired and internalized the first system through a university education specially designed for this profession and has developed the training through further education. It is relatively stable over the time and is working as a support for the organization as profession organization. The contextual value system is developing in the immediate culture by the knowledge organization in the public service. The value system is unique for the unit and its professionals. This facilitate the development of strategies supporting the managerial competence. The two value systems are able to cooperate for the founding of a value base facilitating for the unit to manage demands from the surrounding world at the same time as professional values are provided for. At that moment the professional organization is founded. The value base is not synonymous with organizational culture except from the meaning organizational culture for a specific unit of professionals. One consequence of this is that the principal will have difficulties in implementing the management's organizational culture.

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Stockholm: Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet , 1997. , 279 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1104-1625 ; 83
, Rapport / Seminariet om miljöpedagogik och kunskapsbildning, Pedagogiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 0281-6296 ; 28
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-39350ISBN: 91-7153-546-2OAI: diva2:319541
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1997-01-24, Stockholm, 00:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2010-05-18 Created: 2010-05-18 Last updated: 2010-11-09Bibliographically approved

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